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EVENT: #Ignite2012 - The Ballot or the Bullet Comes to Philly!

Based on the idea that political activism and hip-hop should go hand in hand,"Ignite 2012," a national campaign encouraging youth participation in the political process, was born!
The national #Ignite2012 civic engagement tour will be in Philadelphia on October 6th - where a staggering 43 percent of registered voters are reported to lack valid identification under Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law. With only one month left until Election Day, the#Ignite2012 tour aims to empower young people of color in Philadelphia to become local stakeholders in the political process. In partnership with Philadelphia Youth Commission, the forum will also be used to discuss local gun violence and promote conflict resolution. Local leaders and the nation’s most dynamic celebrities, bloggers, and activists are teaming up to bring back the brotherly love to Philadelphia by hosting grassroots trainings, hip-hop cultural panels, and live musical performances by Dee-1 and Jasiri X. The goal of #Ignite2012 Philadelphia is to both inspire urban Millennials to secure proper IDs to cast their votes and to promote unity in the city.

The groundbreaking activists and national tastemakers on the panel include:
  • Rocsi Diaz, Co-host of BET’s 106 & Park
  • Chuck Creekmur, Founder of AllHipHop.com 
  • Dream Hampton, Jay-Z biographer, hip-hop journalist
  • Kim Osorio, Editor-in-Chief of Source Magazine
  • Jasiri X, Co-Founder of One Hood Media, Pittsburgh hip-hop artist and activist
  • Brandon Wyche, Founder of HipHopSince1987
  • Biko Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters 
  • Andreas Hale, Founder of The Well Versed
  • Malik Rhasaan, Founder of #OccupytheHood
  • Paradise Gray, Co-founder of One Hood Media, Pittsburgh activist
  • Muhibb Dyer, spoken word artist
  • Tarik Ross, Stampede Management
Friday, October 5,2012
- "From Kings to Thugs to Presidents" A spoken word play from Muhhib Dyer
Freedom Theatre 1346 N.Broad st. 
8PM - 10PM
Saturday, October 6, 2012
- Livestreaming Hip-Hop x Political Panel
WHYY, 150 North 6th Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19106
Livestreaming from Ignite2012.com
1PM - 4 PM
- Concert/After Party
 Arts Garage, 1533 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
5PM - 9PM

iSocialite will be on the scene checking out the events! I suggest you do so too. It's free!

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